How I lost weight! 70 lbs in less than a year!
My story of how I lost weight! 70 lbs in less than a year! I used to always say I could stand to take off a good 50 lbs and I know I would feel better about myself. Looking back, it’s incredible to me that I could take off 70 lbs and keep it off. I never imagined I could accomplish such weight loss.
anyone who is overweight or has been overweight can sympathize at the daunting prospect of trying to lose weight. In my story, I had not always been over weight. I was not thin, but I was not heavy either. Multiple life changing events and tragedy took place and I found myself turning to food and buying a whole new wardrobe as each season passed. I went from a size 8 to a size 16 in a matter of 2 years. That’s a whole additional person I added to my frame. I honestly don’t know how I let it get that far. You would think after each season came and I was spending a small fortune on new clothes that I would have taken notice and stopped turning to food for comfort. Ah, but I continued on feeling so ashamed and stayed as far away from a camera as possible! I used to dread summers and had not worn a pair of shorts for 4 years. Bathing suit? Forget it, no way was that going to happen. After a while now feeling depressed about the weight gain, I stopped socializing. I would look for any excuse I could not to go out for happy hour or a party. No beaches, parks or picnic and certainly nowhere that anyone would have a camera!
I have to admit Being heavy can truly be isolating., I have heard many horror stories of people who are overweight being bullied or made fun of. I am grateful that I never experienced that since I did a good enough job beating myself up. Being so unhappy, I knew I had to do something. I started making some huge life changes. Starting with self-love and self-care. I forced myself to smile more and socialize more. I forced myself to make more friends and get out more. I even started letting my picture to be taken (of course I cringed).
In the beginning, I started out slow. Main moto, Tina put the fork down! Serving size for 1 not 3! I started going for walks and eating a little healthier. It was not until I was speaking with a colleague of mine about desperately wanting to lose weight and fast (Because of course patience is not my virtue and I tend to give up if I don’t see results right away) that I started on my journey! Her husband was a coach on a well know national football team and she herself was an active training athlete. Her advice? low carb cycling!
Low Carb cycling, what is that? It’s the method that most top athletes use to keep lean muscle mass while burning only fat. Her basic instructions, were to eat low carb all week and then carb up on the weekend and eggs are your friends! I suppose it makes sense I thought. After all people do circuit training or cycling to prevent their bodies from getting used to the same thing, so it might work with diet as well.
I wanted more information and started researching low carb. I came across all the usual Palo, Low Carb Diet, Adkins, and the lot. So many diets, but the one that caught my eye was Keto! It fit the parameters of what my colleague had recommended for losing weight fast except minus the weekend carb up. Interestingly enough as a pharmaceutical representative, I knew about the ketogenic diet since it is used for children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. A type of epilepsy mostly seen in children and is not controlled by medication but rather diet. The more I learned in depth about the diet the more convinced I was that this was the diet for me!
To kick start my diet on the first week I started the egg fast to get my body into ketosis and start burning fat. I also exchanged the creamer of my coffee for coconut oil to make my own bullet proof coffee. Within a matter of just two days all the bloat was gone and my face felt thinner. I thought well there must be something to this so I continued for a few more weeks. I remembered what my colleague had said about low carb cycling and being the foodie that I am, I decided that I would treat myself every three weeks or so. Basically, my diet plan consisted of a strict keto diet for 2 to 3 weeks at a time followed by a weekend of eating my favorite foods. When I came off a carb weekend I always started back on a 4-day egg fast. The results were amazing!
I ended up taking off over 20 lbs in the first two weeks. After about 3 months I was down another 30 lbs for a grand total of 50 lbs in just over 3 months! Consequently, Life threw a few more curve balls at me, good ones this time! I ended up falling of the keto wagon so to speak and started eating whatever I wanted to. To my surprise, I continued to take more weight off with an additional 20 lbs without even really trying. bringing my grand total to 70 lbs! I basically reversed my diet plan after the first 50 lbs and ate carbs in moderation for a few moths. I didn’t forget about keto all together and never returned to food for comfort. I continually go back to the egg fast for about 4 days at a time every other month. I also continue live a low carb lifestyle to date. I have to admit, I love the way I feel when I am doing keto, depending on the week and how I feel I swing back and forth between low carb and restricting myself to keto. (note: keto vs low carb - keto 20g carbs or less a day while Low Carb is 50g carbs or less)
As I am writing this to date, I have not gained a single pound back! Feeling happy and comfortable to be back to a size 8 from a 16, I never could have imagined. My method is quite unconventional and does not follow a documented diet. I am not a health expert for diet and would always recommend checking with you doctor if you have any health concerns. I have learned over the years that there is no diet that is perfect for anyone person but there are many diets that can help various people. Losing weight as anyone knows is not a one size fits all!
I wish you well in your endeavors of weight loss.
Follow along in future post as I continue to Keto to take off another 20 lbs!
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